Two of the welterweight’s biggest stars will battle for the WBO belt on Saturday in a rare encounter between elite boxers from opposing sides of netting and advertising.
Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) will trying to make my fifth title defense In his first danger test supposedly he faced 147 pounds when he faced former two-time champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) inside the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
With the background and stakes of this weekend’s pay-per-view event, there’s no shortage of storylines going into this match. Let’s take a closer look.
1. Finally, boxing got it right by Crawford
It may have been four years from the time Crawford became the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era at 140 pounds before moving up to the welterweight division, but he finally has a superior opponent. Tu – a guy still in his prime – to rank his skills against impressions. The fact that Crawford is now 34 years old makes us almost as criminal we are forced to wait so long because “Bud” has existed in considerable exile on the outside looking at the political divide and network. We may not do this often in this unprofitable day-to-day sport, but the credit is due to the WBO ordering the match after designating Porter as a required opponent. Although Crawford regularly appears in the top five of the per-pound list, it is difficult to properly judge him due to the multitude of lackluster names and not quite ready for the first players he has come across. each confrontation. weight class so far after surpassing the elite at 135 and 140 pounds.
2. Which version of Porter has the best shot that puts Crawford in trouble?
That will be the question that coach Kenny Porter is forced to answer as the father/son duo prepares for a plan of attack against the sublime Crawford. Porter became the chameleon of the division. Long known for his reckless aggressive style when leading with his head and forearms to get in, Porter put on a brand new attack against Danny Garcia in 2018 to claim the vacant WBC title. as he relied on agile footwork and footwork patterns to constantly keep Garcia slow. Porter used somewhat of a hybrid style, still under heavy pressure, to give undefeated unified champion Errol Spence Jr. all he could handle in their thrilling 2019 unification that ended in a decisive loss. But Spence has since admitted that he abandoned his game plan entirely in the opening round, which turned out to be almost an unwise move fueled by overconfidence. level that he would be able to overwhelm Porter with ease. Unexpectedly Crawford could play so easily in Porter’s best layout. Therefore, the timing of the style change will be the key factor. Crawford often has his way with aggressive fighters, though he has yet to face someone in the welterweight division with the combination of speed and physical prowess that Porter possesses.
3. Crawford’s impending free agency is still looming over the outcome
Is Porter just the first of several heavyweight contenders Crawford will face before the end of his career or simply the only one? And what about the Crawford-Spence super battle that is dangerously close to its expiration date? As Crawford enters the final stages of his Top Rated endorsement deal, here are the important questions to answer, especially if Crawford wins. With the exception of rising boxer Vergil Ortiz Jr., who fights for Golden Boy Promotion on DAZN, all of the all-important 147-pound fighters are under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. Six months ago, it looked like Crawford was leaving the Top Rated after Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum publicly disparaged him for consistently having a poor draw. But both sides have been quiet since late, and Top Rank has enough elite talent in the sub-heavyweight divisions (including Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez Jr.) who will likely proceed to re-sign Crawford one day. something. Still, it will be hard to swallow to see a generation of Crawford’s talent unable to battle the majority of his contemporaries, including Spence, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas and (until close) here) Manny Pacquiao. Not to mention a still rising Jaron “Boots” Ennis.
4. Porter deserves much more love and respect
Even with the majority of elite heavyweights in this particularly sweeping era at 147 pounds being represented by the PBC, that doesn’t mean each is ready to go head-to-head with the other consistently. That’s why Porter’s matchmaking decisions are worth noting. Since 2013, Porter has faced heavyweights after they were still at their prime: Devon Alexander (25-1), Kell Brook (32-0), Adrien Broner (30- 1), Keith Thurman (26-0), Danny Garcia (34-1), Ugas (23-3) and Spence (25-0). In addition, he also played against former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Andre Berto before they fell completely, along with a tough two-match series against lightweight champion Julio Diaz, which saw a tie in the meeting. Firstly. No, Porter didn’t win every war. However, he has always dared to be great by seeking the best, including a failed attempt to attract Pacquiao shortly after the Filipino legend beat his first Thurman. Not only does Porter have fun fighting on a regular basis, he also creates big fights. That is why his growing legacy is still extremely underappreciated.
5. Expect Porter to bring out the best in Crawford
With his typical broad advantage in everything from speed and power to IQ, most of Crawford’s weightlifting runs are one-way traffic. At some point during the first half of the war, Crawford moved south. From there, he slowly stalked and knocked out his opponent in an almost surgical fashion, with all five 147-pound appearances ending in extra time. However, Porter has the ability to force Crawford to fight back immediately. And if the fight turns out to be as high-paced thriller as it has potential to be, expect Crawford to show off exactly what makes him so great. If we’re being completely honest, Crawford hasn’t been legally pushed – even if he suffered a quick knockdown in 2019 against Egidijus Kavaliauskas – since his 2014 lightweight title defense against Yuriorkis Gamboa. The most remarkable thing about that fight was how annoyed Crawford became during the two-way exchanges, which ended in his ninth inning stopping Gamboa to hand over his first Cuban blaster. Porter has all the ability to bring out the same beast inside Crawford which is why this fight is highly anticipated.
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